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Ravens have New England’s number in the postseason


When it comes to winning in the postseason, few current NFL coaches compare to Ravens coach John Harbaugh. When it comes to winning on the road in the postseason, the gap between Harbaugh and the rest of the NFL gets even larger.

When it comes to winning against New England against the Patriots in the playoffs, John Harbaugh is pretty much the only guy who can do it.

As noted earlier today by Pete Damilatis of Pro Football Focus, Patriots coach Bill Belichick is 1-2 against Harbaugh at home in the postseason. Against everyone else, Belichick is 11-1. (The Jets and Rex Ryan are the only other team to beat Belichick in Foxboro.)

Harbaugh is 7-4 on the road in the playoffs during seven seasons with the Ravens, six of which ended with postseason appearances. The 2-1 mark against the Patriots at New England includes a classic AFC title game that nearly ended with a Lee Evans touchdown reception and then nearly went to overtime with a Billy Cundiff 32-yard field goal. But Evans had the ball knocked loose at the last second, and Cundiff shanked the would-be game-tying kick. Baltimore lost, 23-20.

This time around, Pats fans will be quick to point out that Ray Lewis is gone and Ed Reed is gone and Ray Rice is gone and the Ravens aren’t the team they were two years ago. It’s an accurate observation, but Harbaugh is still there -- and Harbaugh’s ability to win consistently on the road in the playoffs is hardly a fluke.

So, yes, Patriots fans should be nervous. While New England may indeed win, it won’t be nearly as easy as it would have been if Cincinnati or Indianpolis were coming to town.